Laurier Bike Lane Stats for Bay, Lyon and Metcalfe
The BBRAGFAR residents group held a press conference recently regarding the Laurier bike lane. Ostensibly the group is OK with having lanes on Laurier but say that having them segregated with barriers is a big problem, particularly west of Bay St. I think Ottawa needs to accelerate its cycling infrastructure build out.
Those who support a fully segregated lane along the entire length of Laurier always point to the daily bike counter in support of our position. In fairness that counter is installed between O'Connor and Metcalfe so, perhaps, it's not fair to use that number when discussing the Bay to Bronson area.
@ODonnell_K I can assure you that between Lyon and Bronson - there are very few cyclists but the city isnt releasing that info.
— ShortCanuck (@ShortCanuck) May 25, 2012
In fact the City does release that data via the Open Data portal. In addition to the daily counter between Metcalfe and O'Connor there are two additional counters, one east of Lyon and another west of Bay St. I've pulled the data together into a Google spreadsheet.
(UPDATE: 2012Q2 data is now available) Data is only available up to March 31, 2012, so the following charts don't include most of this year's cycling. Interesting to see the spike in March from warm weather! Noteably it doesn't include these high water marks:
- The best weekly ridership level ever: May 13 to May 19, 2012
- The best daily ridership level ever: May 24, 2012
- The second best daily ridership level ever: May 23, 2012
This chart shows the weekday ridership at all three locations from July 10, 2011 to June 30, 2012.
This chart shows the weekend ridership at all three locations over the same period.
Just some facts today
Ran out of blogging time today so will have to leave the editorial on this until another day.